Dean Smith and John Terry will face a tough task to right the ship at Villa, after a tough run of games under Steve Bruce.
The former Brentford man was appointed on Wednesday evening, after Villa agreed on a compensation fee with the Bees.
John Terry will make his return to Villa as Smith’s number two, with the former Chelsea and England defender taking up his first role after his retirement from playing.
Smith will be expected to get Villa firing again, and get some early wins under his belt to get the Villans back to the top flight.
Here, we look at several things Dean Smith and John Terry will have to do to stop the rot at Villa Park.
Get the best out of Villa's stars
It’s fair to say that Villa have one of the strongest squad’s in this season’s Championship.
Villa’s ranks contain former Premier League stars such as Yannick Bolasie and James Chester, whilst Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham are both future stars.
However, quality has been at a premium for some of the talents at Villa so far this season.
Grealish only has one assist to his name, whilst failing to get on the scoresheet at all so far this season.
Meanwhile, at the back Villa have one of the worst defensive records in the division.
Dean Smith and John Terry will need to start getting the best out of Villa’s star players if they are to recover from Steve Bruce’s troubled start to the season.
Sort out the defence
Last season, John Terry was Villa’s rock in defence in a side that conceded the third-fewest goals in the entire division.
However, this has not been the case at all this season, with Villa conceding over 20 goals already this term, only 19 less than their total for the whole of last season.
Dean Smith and Terry were both defenders back in their playing days, so will have to help Villa become solid at the back.
Solve the goalkeeping issues
Villa’s failure to secure Sam Johnstone to a permanent deal has caused them multiple problems between the sticks.
Villa have already played four goalkeepers so far this term, with none really impressing.
Jed Steer started on the opening day of the season, but has been sent out on loan to Charlton since.
New signings Orjan Nyland and Andre Moreira have failed to impress much, whilst Mark Bunn was called upon during Bruce’s final game against Preston.
Smith and Terry need to really get a consistent number one if Villa are to stop shipping goals.
Use the January window effectively
It’s fair to say that Villa’s last few transfer windows haven’t been successful.
If Smith and Terry really want to kickstart Villa again, they need to have a good window in January, and really address Villa’s areas of weakness in the defence and between the sticks.
Return to the top flight
The goal for Smith and Terry is simple. Villa need to return to the top flight.
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